The NFU received the Dennis Brown Shield at R.A.B.I’s annual awards ceremony.
NFU deputy chairman Guy Smith collected the award from Lord Plumb, which was given in recognition of the support the organisation has given the charity. Over the last three years, the NFU have raised £25,425 with a prize draw at their annual gala conference dinner.
Around 220 people attended the ceremony in Oxfordshire. The event recognised the efforts of R.A.B.I’s supporters throughout the year.
Guy Smith said: “All of us in farming have more in common than differences. If you consider things in terms of tightrope walking, the role of the NFU is to provide balance, while R.A.B.I provides a safety net.”
Joshua Hosier, R.A.B.I deputy chairman, added: “Across the country, our regional managers have great relationships with the NFU’s local offices and regional staff. We also acknowledge the extreme generosity of NFU members who form a large percentage of our supporter network.”
Two of R.A.B.I’s committees in Wales also won awards for their work in the previous year. The Ceredigion committee won the Bryn Davies Bowl, which is awarded to the individual, organisation, company or club in Wales which has made the greatest contribution to R.A.B.I. The committee attended 14 agricultural shows in the county to increase awareness and raised £14k with their fundraising events.
The Carmarthenshire committee scooped the R.A.B.I Cup, which is awarded to the most progressive committee. Last year, the committee added a new event to the calendar – a hog roast. The event was well-received and raised more than £3k.
At the end of the ceremony, the trustees added special recognitions for Annabel James, who this year ran the London Marathon and raised more than £5k, and Marion Bryant, who has worked at Manson House for an incredible 40 years.
Joshua Hosier said: “Our thanks go to Marion for her loyalty and dedication to Manson House and R.A.B.I.”
National Award Winners
The Dennis Brown Shield – NFU
The Bryn Davies Bowl – Ceredigion Committee
Regional Award Winners
East Midlands – Willum Butterfield, Northamptonshire
Photos by Kevin Milner.